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 IAL renders Supply Chain Logistics Solutions from the very first mile to the last mile of the Supply Chain Process. 

IAL established its first company in 1992, IAL Container Line (UK) Ltd offering point-to-point marine transportation. IAL operated its own fleet of ships to service trade between the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent. Today, we cover the entire spectrum of logistics services ranging from Liner Shipping, Shipping Agencies, Global Supply Chain Logistics, Fine Art Logistics, Project Logistics and Pre-engineered modular construction. 

With an initial outlay of 15 staff in 1992, the Group today employs a multi-cultural team of over 500 professionals across its 10 companies and 30 own offices in the Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, South East Asia, UK and the USA.

Board of Directors

T.V.N. Kutty


Holding a Master’s Degree in Physics from Kerala University, Kochi, India and a Masters in Business Administration from Cochin University, Kochi, India, T.V.N Kutty, IAL Group founder, has 33 years of professional experience in Banking and Shipping.

He started his career in 1972 as Probationary Officer with India's leading public sector bank, State Bank of India, and held managerial positions with the bank for 13 years in Industrial credit, Retail and International banking.

From 1985 to 1987, he continued to build his management career working with a reputed American shipping line in India – gaining valuable experience within the private sector.
In 1987, his career took an entrepreneurial turn when he jointly promoted Seacrest Shipping Services with a UK-based shipping company, to manage common carrier feeder services in India and the Middle East. When the contract with the UK principal expired in 1988, he continued to operate Seacrest through joint ventures.

Mr. Kutty has never looked back since then. In 1992, on expiry of Seacrest’s joint venture contracts, he conceived and established IAL Container Line (UK) Ltd, spearheading the growth of the IAL Group. Today,he remains completely hands-on – running the business as an integral part of the group’s Senior Management Team.

Arjun Menon

Group CEO

Arjun Menon is the Group CEO of IAL Group and the Managing Director of Smart Box Industries LLC.

Arjun started with IAL in 2002 after his graduation from the University of Edinburgh, graduating in BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and Management Techniques. He spent over seven years training with Anthony Robbins across multiple disciplines of Business Mastery, Life Mastery, Wealth Mastery, Leadership Mastery and Date With Destiny. These experiences have been pivotal to his personal and professional growth and contribution. 

Arjun grew in IAL under the mentorship of Mr. T.V.N Kutty, working across the Group's companies in Liner Shipping, Supply Chain Logistics, Software development and Container Trading and Repair services, across the UAE, Oman, India, Malaysia, Singapore, UK and the USA.

He has since established his entrepreneurial ventures in Retail, Trading, Manufacturing and IT.

Arjun founded Smart Box Industries in 2008, furthering the Group's initiatives in container utilisation into modular construction with shipping containers. Today, Smart Box is the leading container conversion specialists in the UAE. 

As the CEO of IAL Group, Arjun manages all the Group's interests in the UAE, Oman, India and USA concentrating on Supply Chain Logistics, Modular Construction and IT development. 

Dr. Sumaiya Chitalwalla Menon, MBBS, MPA


Dr. Sumaiya has been with IAL since 2015, and represents the second generation of entrepreneurs to enter the family business. Sumaiya’s experience of 7 years as a doctor and 10 years in business has equipped her with the skills to build relationships through trust and understanding, which she considers her greatest strengths.

Sumaiya completed her Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery from Mumbai University in 2003 and also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Practicing medicine in various hospitals and clinics in Mumbai from 2003 to 2009, Sumaiya worked simultaneously in the non-profit sector. She had the opportunity to work with the Sir Ratan Tata Trust as Program Associate – Health. Her work at the Trust entailed funding large scale health projects in rural India, and monitoring and guiding their success. This experience molded her attitude to work and life, and sharpened her ability to manage complex multi-faceted projects.

Sumaiya joined her family business in 2009 trading and distributing stationery in the UAE. She became an expert on the mechanics of supply management and understood the pains and challenges of logistics as a consumer of the service.

Since joining the IAL Group of Companies, Sumaiya has been in charge of the finance portfolio and has recently ventured into Sales. She ensures companies benefit by enabling business owners and managers to focus on their core business. Her depth of experience helps IAL clients integrate seamless logistics solutions and has made her the go to person for effective crisis management.

Management team

Ravindran Raghavan

General Manager, Group CEO’s office

After completing his Degree in Chemical Engineering in Malaysia in 1990, Ravindran Raghavan joined a manufacturing company as Project Engineer overseeing the project negotiation, design and installation of submarine pipelaying projects. In this line, he grew to the position of General Manager for ASEAN in an US-owned telecommunications conduit manufacturing company where he was in charge of the company’s business in the region.

He joined the IAL Group in 2004 as Director in IAL Logistics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and later in IAL Logistics (Singapore) Pte Ltd where he managed the company’s NVOCC business plans, statutory compliances and legal matters. He was also involved in developing the regional Logistics Masterplan for IAL Group in collaboration with Frost & Sullivan as well as Price Waterhouse.

Later in 2014, he was re-assigned to his current role as General Manager in the Group CEO’s office in Dubai wherein he manages the Group’s planning and control functions in line with the vision of the Group CEO. He is also actively involved in the financial monitoring functions such as budgeting process, receivable monitoring, payable planning, credit review and performance review jointly with the Group CEO.

Alexander Joseph

General Manager, Group operations

After his Mechanical engineering course in Bangalore, Mr. Alexander Joseph joined the shipping industry with Maltrans Shipping Agency, Mumbai for handling Operation, Vessel husbanding and Planning for IAL Container Line (UK) Ltd in 1992.

In 1994, he started his shipping career in Dubai with Penguin Shipping LLC as Operation Executive – looking after Vessel Planning and Operations. Since then he has been actively involved in development of Liner Shipping as agents for IAL Container Line (UK) Ltd , CFS Operation , development of LCL's from India to Middle East , Warehousing and Distribution in UAE and General Freight Forwarding .

He was actively involved to start IAL ART Logistics LLC in Abu Dhabi which handled events like Le Louvre Museum Exhibition, Picasso Exhibition, Art Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Biennial etc. in UAE.

He further went to start IAL Logistics LLC in Belapur, Mumbai to restart LCL consolidation into Middle East and develop GFF from Mumbai as part of IAL Logistics Emirates LLC. He continues to travel extensively to India for development of LCL's and GFF, and European countries for the development of Art Logistics.

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